Review: Questions and Answers on Life Insurance by Tony Steuer

After writing about personal finance for the better part of six years, I feel like I have a decent handle on many of the major subjects. When it comes to investing, I can hold my own. Banking and credit cards? I understand them enough to write about them confidently. The one subject I know I’m weak in is life insurance. […]

How to Throw a Fun and Inexpensive Tailgate Party

Host a Tailgate Party and Save Money Doing It Its football season again! You know what that means, right? It is time for tailgate parties. You are famous for having the best tailgate parties around and everybody looks to you in the fall for the best tailgate around. You don’t want to let them down this year, but what happens if money is tight? The economy is bad right now. […]

Bundling Doesn't Always Save You Money

During my recent series of conversations with Comcast, they brought up the subject that I didn't have my internet or phone with them (I suppressed a laugh thinking about how they could screw up those services too!) They suggested I could save a ton of money if I moved everything to them. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kids of Carcassonne Edition

My four year old son and three year old daughter have been playing the board game Kids of Carcassonne almost constantly the last several days. They’ve roped grandparents into playing it, parents into playing it (I’ve played it countless times), and are even playing it just against each other. I couldn’t be prouder. This week, I tried to link to some blogs that I haven’t linked to before. […]

How to Be a Superhero without Supernatural Abilities

I recently took a long drive to spend a short time with my 93 year-old-grandpa. Grandpa has always had an infectious smile where he happily shows off his pearly dentures. Grandpa loved his wife until death did them part. Mum told me how he used to help so much around the house when she was a baby. […]

Save on Groceries with Discount Grocery Stores

With food prices rising all the time, it costs more and more to feed a family these days. While some people become rabid coupon-cutting ninjas and others begin to make more meals out of basics like beans and rice, still others take a different route. […]

Pitting Airline Against Hotel Rewards

If you've ever hesitated before redeeming your airline miles and wondered if you're getting a good deal, you're in good company. Redeeming reward flights is akin to transacting in a foreign currency where you have no idea what the exchange rate is, which is never an advantageous position. […]

10 Favorite Mail-Order Websites

Life on an island is really great except in one respect: you run out of stuff. Because of the isolated nature of being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles from the mainland, retailers run out of stuff, too. When they do have the things you need, they are often overpriced. […]

The Research Has It Wrong – Don’t Make the Same Mistake

A new poll claims that if given one wish, Americans would rather be richer than thinner, smarter, or even younger. Another study claims happiness comes from a $75,000 salary. Hogwash - here's why. […]

Social Group Savings with SmartyPig

When SmartyPig first debuted, they had a bunch of expensive fees that made me sour on the otherwise good idea. […]

Book Review: How to Debt-Proof Your Marriage

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at This post is part of Book Week at Get Rich Slowly. Since my twin victories of paying off our last credit card and funding a summer of travel, my husband has begun to show interest in personal finance. […]

Transaction Account Guarantee Program

The typical FDIC protection is quite limited. Until the financial crisis, most types of bank accounts were covered up to a balance of $100,000. If a bank were to go bankrupt, the FDIC would ensure you would receive your cash up to that limit. […]

Thoughts on Buying a Vacation Home

Over the years, we’ve toyed with the idea of owning a vacation home. When I was a kid, I always envied families with a lake house, and even as an adult I’ve been drawn to the idea. As time has worn on, however, we’ve cooled on the idea. […]

Help a Reader: Suggestions for Hawaii

Here's another Help a Reader question from me (FMF). You all have been so helpful in the past that I wanted to ask your take on the following: As many of you know, we live in Michigan. […]

Discover Motiva Review: Extra Rewards & Pay On Time Bonus

Have you ever had a credit card that rewarded you for a job well done? There are a few such rewards cards out there that give you extra benefits for good behavior, such as the Citi Forward credit card and several college student credit cards. […]

Discover Bank Premium Savings Account Upgrade

In talking about our financial network map, I mentioned that we’re receiving 1.50% APY from Discover Bank. A reader named Alan asked about this, pointing out that Discover lists 1.35% APY on their website. Upon noticing this discrepancy a week or so ago, I was likewise confused. […]

Ask the Readers: What Money Advice are You Sick Of? (Chance to Win $20!)

In a recent weekly Tweetchat that Wise Bread participated in, we asked some readers what financial advice was getting old. The responses were varied, but the themes were the same: "Quit telling me to cut out my daily latte! […]

The Big Problem with Money Courses

Many financial “gurus” are in the seminar, coaching, and classwork business. They come up with course materials and attempt to sell them at a very high price to individuals who are scared for their financial future. Some of these coaching programs are reputable ones. Many of them are not. […]

Book Review: The Simple Dollar

My colleague Trent Hamm from The Simple Dollar may have started his blog six months after I did, but he’s ahead of me in books. He published his first, 365 Ways to Live Cheap! […]

The Ten Rules Great CFOs Live By

The following is an excerpt from Your Life & Your Money. In the book the author says every family needs a chief financial officer (CFO), and he gives these ten rules for CFOs to live by. Your actions speak so loud, I can’t hear what you are saying.—SCOTT FEHER 1. Always take responsibility and accountability for your financial affairs. […]